Jon M. Chu, ‘Wicked’ Director, Says Strike Won’t Affect Release

Even though the SAG-AFTRA strike is still going on, director Jon M. Chu promises fans that the two-part release of the highly anticipated movie version of the musical “Wicked” will not be affected.

Cynthia Erivo, Ariana Grande, Jonathan Bailey, Ethan Slater, Jeff Goldblum, and Michelle Yeoh are all in the “Wicked” group. The movie is the first of two versions of the popular stage musical with the same name. The musical is based on Gregory Maguire’s book “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” and has characters from L. Frank Baum’s famous book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

The movie takes place in the made-up land of Oz. It tells the story of Elphaba, a woman with green skin, and her journey to becoming the famous bad guy, the Wicked Witch of the West.

Jon M. Chu said in an Instagram post that the players’ strike had temporarily stopped filming and that only the last few scenes of the movie were left to shoot. Even with the delay, Chu is still confident that “Wicked” will be out on time. The first part will happen on November 27, 2024, and the second part will happen on November 26, 2025.

“Wicked” has already been delayed more than once. When it was released in 2019, it was supposed to come out in 2021, but the pandemic pushed it back to July of the next year.